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092220seslocFINALSan Luis Obispo Branch Manager Theresa Binney (center) and staff display member donations benefiting local non-profit Jack’s Helping Hand.

SESLOC FCU has named Theresa Binney as new manager for its San Luis Obispo branch. Binney brings to SESLOC FCU more than 18 years of financial institution expertise, including a commitment to delivering outstanding service and increasing efficiencies, plus vast experience in business lending, particularly with construction loans.

PremierOne CU


PremierOne CU presented two college-bound students with scholarships at a recent virtual online ceremony.

San Diego County CU


San Diego County CU President and CEO Teresa Campbell was named a 2020 Woman of Influence by SD Metro Magazine. The award recognizes women who lead the way in the business industry, helping to drive the local economy while making a difference in the community.

Vocality Community CU

092220vocalitycuValerie Johnston, Vice President of Finance and Ana Cortes, Marketing Director.

Vocality Community CU has hired Valerie Johnston to serve as vice president of finance and Ana Cortes as the new marketing director. Johnston comes to the  credit union with more than 21 years of credit union experience, including serving as CEO of EW401 CU and Churchill County FCU in Nevada, as well as working at One Nevada CU. Prior to joining Vocality Commmunity CU, Cortes worked as an assistant marketing director for a local area casino. She has degrees in international business and communications.

Members 1st CU


Members 1st CU distributed 1,000 masks to its members across its four California counties: Butte, Glenn, Shasta, and Tehama.



San Diego County CU


San Diego County CU Stuff the Bus, held in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and iHeartMedia radio stations, collected a total of $130,900, which was used to fill 7,724 backpacks and provide more tnan 2,000 Passion Planners, 24,000 face masks, and a total of 216,912 school supplies to better prepare students for success as they head back to school this year.

Greater Nevada CU


Greater Nevada CU subsidiary Greater Commercial Lending brokered the first-ever USDA CARES Act loan. The loans are intended to protect America’s small farms and businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

1st United CU


1st United CU wrapped up its annual school supply and backpack drive in support of Alternative Family Services and the Alameda County Family Justice Center. Staff, members, and the community donated $1,215. Combined with the credit union's donation, proceeds totaled enough to provide more than 400 Alameda County students with school supplies this year.

Redwood CU


The Redwood CU Community Fund has opened a 2020 Fire Relief Fund to assist those who lost homes due to the recent fires, and to prepare to help its communities should more fires happen this year. 

San Diego County CU


San Diego County CU's Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Ashlee Micale has been named CFO of the Year in the business non-profit category by the San Diego Business Journal.

Wescom CU


Wescom CU continues to provide members convenient access to their funds during the pandemic. The credit union has increased daily ATM withdrawal and mobile check deposit limits, made direct deposit funds available to members up to two days sooner than before, removed the six-per-month withdrawal limit from Savings and Money Market to make transfers or withdrawals without any restrictions, extended phone and chat hours, and more.

Kinecta FCU


Kinecta FCU distributed nearly 600 backpacks filled with school supplies to local students. In addition, $3,800 in monetary donations were also collected during the annual backpack drive. The funds were used to purchase school supplies and additional backpacks.

Firefighters First CU


Firefighters First CU provides support to its community that has directly been impacted by the fires, including emergency relief loans, construction loans to rebuild homes, loan extensions, firefighter insurance services, and a partnership with BALANCE for free counseling on how to manage through the financial impact of the disaster. Through its charitable arm, the Fire Family Foundation supports all firefighters who have lost their home. The Foundation has a Firefighter Relief Fund to assist with financial hardships as a result of the loss of their home. Additionally, the Foundation has provided Command Centers with gift cards for emergency puschases, and comfort care bags.

Wescom CU


Wescom CU continues to help members impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 7,500 members received payment assistance on their auto loans, personal loans, and credit cards as of July 31, 2020. Additionally, the credit union deferred mortgage and Home Equity Loan payments for nearly 632 members as of August 17, 2020. More than 15,000 Skip-A-Pay loan payments performed as of July 31, 2020, and Wescom CU provided 211 Quick Assist Loans and approved 23 Emergency Loans for a combined total of $181,700 in emergency loan funds as of July 31, 2020.

Los Angeles FCU


Los Angeles FCU is raising $1,500 for Children’s Hospital LA (CHLA) to support their COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. For every dollar raised in the month of September, the credit union will match up to $5,000 for CHLA through our charity, the Los Angeles Charitable Association.

Upward CU


Upward CU made financial contributions to help support those on the frontline and delivered healthcare themed cookies to our Healthcare sites Sequoia and Mills-Peninsula Hospitals.

Novo FCU


Novo FCU sponsors and serves its members and community by supporting events like Chicano Correctional Workers Association events and golf tournaments that raise funds for scholarships. 

San Diego County CU


San Diego County CU is offering free weekly educational webinars on College Financing as part of Financial Wellness Wednesdays during the month of September. The webinar format allows the community to join the presentation online from the safety of their own homes.

Orange County’s CU


Orange County’s CU sprang into action at the beginning of the pandemic to help their members stay financially secure. Their Emergency Loan program has assisted 740 members for a total of $910,979 in COVID-19 loans funded. Members used loans to help them pay for necessities like utilities, groceries, and rent. 

Santa Clara County FCU


Santa Clara County FCU recently hosted their first Contactless Drive-Up Shred Event at their Corporate Center in San Jose. The annual Clear the Clutter Shred Event is a big undertaking on its own every year; the Santa Clara County FCU team managed to execute a contactless event while adhering to CDC guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.

Ventura County CU


Ventura County CU has promoted long-time employee Edith Campa to community development manager. In her new role, Campa oversees financial literacy programs and seminars as well as modest means outreach efforts with the Hispanic and senior demographics and Select Employer Groups.

America's Christian CU


America’s Christian CU has nominated four local nonprofits for The Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBank San Francisco) matching grant program. FHLBank San Francisco implemented its matching program to help recognize deserving organizations that make positive contributions in addressing various needs of the community. 

San Diego County CU


San Diego County CU is hosting SDCCU Back to School with Biz Kid$ events online to help engage kids in distance learning environments going back to school with fun and interactive ways to learn about money, finances, and business.

Mabuhay CU


Mabuhay CU and Nikkei CU made a donation towards the Los Angeles Harbor College homeless college students in August. 

America's Christian CU


America’s Christian CU joined in a drive-by parade that featured more than 100 cars and motorcycles to honor member, Carl Harstine, a proud World War II Marine Veteran, for his 95th birthday. 

SchoolsFirst FCU


SchoolsFirst FCU is making donations to food banks located in six counties, as well as a five-year sponsorship of the Filene Research Institute’s recently launched Center of Excellence for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In addition, SchoolsFirst FCU is expanding its commitment to the African-American Credit Union Coalition, whose mission is to increase diversity within the credit union community.

Coast Central CU


Coast Central CU has appointed Klark Swan to its Board of Directors to replace Joyce Jury, who retired this year after serving on the Board for nearly 30 years. Swan currently works as a manager at Sequoia Conference Center, part of the Humboldt County Office of Education.  She has been active in community service locally for nearly two decades, serving as founding president of both Lost Coast Rotaract as well as Friends of Redwood Coast Montessori.  She is currently president-elect of Rotary Club of Eureka. 

Orange County's CU


Orange County's CU's Long Beach branch donated bags for a drive-through food pantry event hosted by Sunny Central Neighborhood Association. This contactless food pantry provided groceries, hand sanitizer, and translated information about the U.S. Census for 100 families in the Long Beach community.

America's Christian CU


America's Christian CU has helped more than 600 churches, small business, and ministries in funding $57 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans.

San Diego County CU


San Diego County CU has been named San Diego’s BEST Credit Union for the 21st consecutive year by readers of The San Diego Union-Tribune. The credit union also was selected in the 2020 Readers Poll as San Diego’s BEST Financial Planner and BEST Mortgage Provider for the eleventh year in a row - and BEST Auto Loan Provider and BEST Place to Work for the seventh year.

First Financial CU

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First Financial CU is providing an Emergency Loan Program for members affected by the California wildfires.

America's Christian CU


America's Christian CU thanked the local Police Departments with snack baskets and hand sanitizer. 

Frontwave CU


Frontwave CU was honored with six MAC Awards for excellence in marketing from the Marketing Association of Credit Unions. It received gold awards for its “Value Lasts a Lifetime” Comprehensive Campaign, Outdoor Media (train wrap), Online/Print Media, and Team Store Point-of-Sale Display. Frontwave also received Silver Awards for its General Awareness Campaign, and Business Development. In addition, for the second year in a row, Frontwave CU was among five credit unions nominated for the MAQUEE Award, MAC’s signature award for the best marketing campaign of the year.

Redwood CU


Redwood CU as promoted Ken Kondo to vice president of innovation and development. In his new role, Kondo will lead the data development and application development teams, as well as the business systems analyst teams to advance strategic and innovative initiatives for the institution. Kondo joined Redwood CU in 2016.

America's Christian CU


America's Christian CU has donated more than $600 worth of gift cards to CarePortal, which helped give food to foster families in Los Angeles.

Financial Partners CU


Financial Partners CU has added a Job Loss Protection benefit at no additional cost to all new and used auto purchase loans for members. The standard protection, which provides up to $3,000 in benefits, is the first of its kind to be offered by a financial institution.

San Diego County CU


San Diego CU has partnered with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and iHeartMedia radio stations in support of Live Well San Diego to collect school supplies for students experiencing homelessness. Donations began July 1 and as of August 13 the total amount donated is more than $111,000 which includes a match of $20,000 from the Danna Foundation and $5,000 from Blue Shield of California. With continued community support, San Diego CU hopes to reach $125,000 by the end of August.

First Entertainment CU

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First Entertainment CU and the Los Angeles Lakers announced the launch of the Lakers® Debit Card as the next step in their multi-year sponsorship agreement, which aims to connect First Entertainment members to exclusive moments and experiences with the 16-time NBA championship team.

America's Christian CU


America's Christian CU held a blood drive, that helped save up to 114 lives with the 38 units collected on the day.

Southland CU


Southland CU highlights the ways it serves its members and communities with a video message from its President and CEO, Tom Lent. Click here to view the video.  

Redwood CU


Redwood CU has kept its doors open and granted 18,445 payment deferrals to give its members peace of mind during the pandemic.

Southland CU


Southland CU has launched a #CUSmile monthly sweepstakes. Each month, members can enter to win gift cards, or $1,000.” Members can nominate themselves or a friend for the prize. New themes to be announced each month.